Content tagged "ag energy economics"

Research Summary: What Would it Take to Convince Farmers to Grow Switchgrass for Biomass?

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Researchers delve into the economic incentives that would induce farmers to grow switchgrass for cellulosic biofuel. Funded by AFRI. Learn More.A survey...

CenUSA Models Predict Large Water Quality Improvements from Perennials

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

CenUSA's System Performance team research shows water quality benefits when biofuels are produced from perennial grasses; provides guidance for policymakers,...

Biomass Energy Training Curriculum - TN

Farm Energy Updated: February 10, 2017

This curriculum was developed through a Southern SARE grant and collaboration between Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, eXtension.org,...

How to Start a Cooperative

Farm Energy Updated: February 10, 2017

This How to Start a Cooperative module is part of the Biomass Energy Training Curriculum, 13 modules developed through a Southern SARE grant and...

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Farm Energy Updated: February 10, 2017

This Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) module is part of the Biomass Energy Training Curriculum, 13 modules developed through a Southern SARE grant and...

Federal Assistance and Economics of On-Farm Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: February 10, 2017

This Federal Assistance and Economics of On-Farm Biodiesel Production module is part of the Biomass Energy Training Curriculum, 13 modules developed through...

EcoWillow 2.0: An Updated Tool for Financial Analysis of Willow Biomass

Farm Energy Updated: September 13, 2016

  EcoWillow is a financial analysis tool developed by SUNY-ESF that allows users to model the costs and revenues of willow biomass production through every...

BCAP Helps Commercialize Shrub Willow for Bioenergy in Northern New York

Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

   The USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) was designed to expand bioenergy feedstocks beyond existing cash crops by encouraging both the...

Maximizing Planted Area and Biomass Production in Shrub Willow Bioenergy Fields

Farm Energy Updated: April 19, 2016

 An important consideration for commercial shrub willow crop production for bioenergy is the percentage of land area on which the crop is produced (aka, the...

Economics of Anaerobic Digesters for Processing Animal Manure

Animal Manure Management Farm Energy Updated: October 27, 2015

Digesters are of interest with regards to climate change, energy, air quality, and water quality. However, digesters are capital-intensive and difficult to...

Budgeting Methods for Comparing a Biomass Energy Crop to an Existing Crop

Farm Energy Updated: September 30, 2015

Trying to decide if it makes sense to grow biomass energy crops to get into the expanding market? This article shows farmers how to compare the costs of crop...

Research Summary: Competition For Land Use—Why Would a Rational Producer Grow Switchgrass for Biofuel?

Farm Energy Updated: January 13, 2015

Farmers value the conservation and environmental benefits of switchgrass grown for biofuels but also consider profit, alternative land uses, and public...

The Economics of Switchgrass for Biofuel

Farm Energy Updated: July 17, 2014

The profitable production of switchgrass for biofuel  today depends  primarily on the price of oil, as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Funded...

Economics of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 27, 2012

 Small-scale biodiesel production economics can vary substantially depending on an individual producer’s choice of feedstock, equipment, market, and the...

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